The Bachelor Winter GamesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games proved to be irresistible TV
"What made The Bachelor Winter Games so utterly winning?" asks The Huffington Post. "We have some theories: The international Bachelor stars injected some new personalities and refreshing genuineness into the house dynamic. Moving away from the competitive structure of The Bachelor and the musical-chairs structure of Bachelor in Paradise allowed relationships to solidify and bloom. People look adorable in sweaters and parkas. By the time the finale rolled around, we found ourselves genuinely rooting for the couples that had emerged from the two-week series ― and one surprise couple who found true love after filming stopped." ALSO: The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez is headed to Bachelor in Paradise.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:46PM EST
Bachelor in Paradise's fifth season may feature international Bachelor franchise stars
"I think this has opened up a whole new world," executive producer Bennett Graebner says of The Bachelor Winter Games, which produced more couples than a Bachelor in Paradise season. "I think you'll see Bachelor Nation go Bachelor World and that includes Paradise." ALSO: Don't forget that The Bachelor: The Women Tell All is on Sunday.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
A hardcore Bachelor fan had her brain scanned to determine if watching the show makes her dumber
Washington Post reporter Hannah Jewel, accompanied by colleague Anna Rothschild, traveled to Indiana University to find out what would happen if she underwent an MRI while watching clips of Arie Luyendyk Jr. (watch the video). "My head never feels more empty than at the end of an episode," she explains. "Is this because the show sends me into a state of deep, meditative relaxation? Or does each rose ceremony carry off a dozen of my brain cells, never to return? I recently set out to answer this question by having a brain scan while watching clips of The Bachelor. Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, uses a powerful magnetic force to track the passage of blood on its merry quest around the human brain. By seeing what parts of the brain are awash in iron-rich oxygenated blood, you can see what regions are more active than others."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games debuts to disappointing ratings
About three million watched last night's premiere, or about half of The Bachelor's audience from the previous night.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games boss: "It was shocking" how hard it was to bring in international stars in Trump era
"We have outside counsel who helped us in the visa process — counsel that has also helped with other Warner Horizon Television shows in the past — and they were surprised at how difficult things were in 2018 compared to 2017," said co-showrunner Bennett Graebner. "It was shocking. I had a lot of sleepless nights wondering if certain people were going to get into the country. We had real trouble with Germany. There was one guy who was on the German version of The Bachelorette; he was smart and funny, good looking and charismatic, and he spoke English very well. He was also of Persian descent and his visa was denied immediately. That was really unfortunate. There was another guy from Germany who also had visa issues. We had a lot of trouble getting Jordan, the New Zealand Bachelor, into the country."
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Chris Harrison says Bachelor Arie critics will have their “mind blown,” promises Winter Games will be “the best television of the year”
Harrison said The Bachelor Winter Games is so good that there's talk about it becoming an annual event. Meanwhile, Harrison offered some comments for Bachelor viewers complaining about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season. “If you are a critic of Arie’s season, I would tell you to wait. Just wait," he said, "and prepare to have your mind blown. It will be a phenomenal finish. If there are critics out there, then trust that it’s going to be phenomenal." ALSO: Meet The Bachelor Winter Games’ “athletes.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
The Bachelor creator found lower ratings for first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay “incredibly disturbing”: “It revealed something about our fans”
“I found it incredibly disturbing in a Trumpish kind of way,” says Mike Fleiss. “How else are you going to explain the fact that she’s down in the ratings, when — black or white — she was an unbelievable bachelorette? It revealed something about our fans.” Speaking of President Trump, Fleiss said the current White House made it harder to bring in more Bachelor franchise stars from around the world for The Bachelor Winter Games because securing visas for them proved difficult. “Our president didn’t make things any easier,” says Fleiss. Eleven countries other than the United States will be represented.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
The Bachelor: Winter Games will add new alcohol guidelines for the contestants
Following the Bachelor in Paradise controversy, ABC is making sure no cast member drinks for a certain time before competing, according to E! News. E! adds that “production also enforced a two drink per hour rule where cast members had to log every drink they had. New mental health and wellness staff members were also hired to help monitor cast members around the clock.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games will get visits from past Winter Olympians Nancy Kerrigan, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner
ABC said there will be 26 singles competing on The Bachelor spinoff, which will receive visits from current Bachelor Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. ALSO: Nancy Kerrigan will play herself on Fresh Off the Boat.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
What it was like to be an extra for The Bachelor: Winter Games parade
Manchester, Vermont resident Courtney Weir writes of this week’s experience: “We waved our flags, cheered, and chanted ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’ until we were hoarse. It was all a set up for the official kick off to the Winter Games with the torch passed by Trista and Ryan. There was a deluge of confetti and cheering. Then as if on cue, the wind picked up and rain was imminent. Just as I was being to lose feeling in my feet, filming wrapped and the Hollywood fantasy was over.” ALSO: Meet Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr’s 29 bachelorettes.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
The Bachelor: Winter Games begins filming — with ESPN’s Hannah Storm
“Fun being part of the fam!” Storm tweeted as filming commenced this week in Manchester, Vermont. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted that Storm will bring her "journalistic excellence" to the ABC reality show.
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
The Bachelor from New Zealand will compete on The Bachelor Winter Games
Jordan Mauger will be joined by the bachelorette he rejected for the final rose.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 6:18PM EDT
The Bachelorette’s Peter Kraus: I’m not confirmed for The Bachelor Winter Games, despite what the show creator tweeted
“Mike Fleiss likes to tweet a lot of things,” Kraus said with a laugh. “I feel like he even said I was the Bachelor at one point, so I think he just likes to throw people off.” Kraus wouldn’t rule out participating on The Bachelor spinoff.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Peter Kraus joins The Bachelor Winter Games
The Bachelorette runner-up won’t be The Bachelor, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with the franchise. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted: “Yes, Peter will be looking for love-- and going for the gold-- on #TheBachelor Winter Games!!!!"